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February 21, 2013

Teachers union fighting tax cap

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Niagara Gazette — Cuomo said Wednesday that state education funding went up 4 percent this year and that there have to be limits on what’s asked of taxpayers.

“Property taxes are forcing New Yorkers from their homes,” he said in Albany.

The vast majority of local governments and school districts have stayed within the cap when drafting their budgets, Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said. He called the lawsuit a fiscally irresponsible attempt to undermine progress.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos also defended the legislation, saying it had “finally put the brakes on rising property taxes in New York.”

“While it’s clear that this lawsuit has no merit,” Skelos said, “Senate Republicans are determined to protect the property tax cap for New Yorkers and their families.”

Also lining up against the lawsuit were the business groups Unshackle Upstate, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Business Council of New York state.

“We see the cap as an essential protection for both individual and business taxpayers against extremely high and fast-rising property taxes,” Business Council President Heather Briccetti said. “It sends a signal to citizens and business leaders that the state is serious about controlling the cost of government and rebuilding our private sector economy.”

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